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Life and Dignity

Down syndrome Protection Act Advances

Pennsylvania House Health Committee took a decisive 17-9 vote in support of House Bill 2050, the Down syndrome Protection Act. The legislation (and its companion Senate Bill 1050) would ban abortion of an unborn child as a result of a Down syndrome diagnosis. The bill proceeded to the
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Families, Advocates and Lawmakers Join in Support of ‘A Life Worth Living’

“It was a wave of humanity that lifted us out of institutions, brought us home, got us into schools and included us in the community of life, and now it will require another wave of humanity to stop the targeting of Down syndrome around the world.” Karen Gaffney, Disability Rights Cha
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Down Syndrome Protection Act Strives to Ensure Protection and Inclusion

“We’re raising the concern in Pennsylvania because of some tragic trends in European countries. In Iceland, they’ve become notorious for the claim that Down syndrome has been nearly eliminated. What they fail to mention is that Iceland has a 100 percent abortion rate of pre-born child
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Bishop Zubik Celebrates Mass of Remembrance and Healing

Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland served as the backdrop for a Mass of Remembrance and Healing for people struggling with addiction, their families and for those who have died as a result of drug addiction. The mass was held on Sunday, February 11 and celebrated by Bishop David A. Zubik
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House Speaker Mike Turzai and Rep. Judy Ward Unveil Legislation to Protect Babies with Down Syndrome

House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Judy Ward (R-Blair) issued the following press release:  House Speaker Mike Turzai and Rep. Judy Ward are introducing legislation that would prohibit the abortion of a child due solely to a diagnosis of possible Down syndrome. Down synd
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Diocese to hold opioid response training sessions for clergy, pastoral ministers and parish staff in March

From The Catholic Accent — The Diocese of Greensburg will host a series of education and training sessions during March to help priests, parish staffs and diocesan employees respond to the opioid crisis. The training sessions are a continuation of Bishop Edward C. Malesic’s initiative
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Philadelphia’s Sacred Heart Home “A miracle in my life.”

The doors of North Philadelphia’s Sacred Heart Home opened in 1930. The Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne have been offering free medical care and a place to call “home” in every sense of the word to incurable cancer patients ever since. For the last year, Jim, who suffers from a form of
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Senate Committee Gives New Life to POLST Debate

The Pennsylvania Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to advance Senate Bill 623 on December 12, 2017, kicking off the legislative process. There are many more steps before it could become law. The measure would codify the use of Pennsylvania Orders for Life Su
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Mid-Session Legislative Wrap Up

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is taking a mid-session break and will resume session late in January 2018. 2017 was a very busy year and more issues are on the horizon for 2018. Here is the status of the several high priority bills that are on the legislative agenda of the Pennsylv
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